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New vaccine in fight against cancer

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A vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, is now available for women at the University’s Campus Health Service for around $140.
When an ASU student noticed a small fleshy bump on his penis nearly two years ago, his doctor said it may have been a sexually transmitted virus, but even so, it was "no big deal."

For this student, however, it was a very big deal. A biopsy would later reveal he had human papillomavirus, or HPV.

"I was devastated," said the student, who asked to remain unnamed for reasons of privacy. "I felt tainted, ruined."

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that often has virtually no symptoms yet can lead to cancer and even death when spread to women, said Dr. Stefanie Schroeder, chief of staff and interim director of the Campus Health Service.

Few Valley clinics have HPV vaccine

Since the Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil June 8, few local practices have built up a supply of the human papillomavirus vaccine.

The ASU Campus Health Service is one of the few clinics administering the shots at a cost of $140 per dose, in a three-shot series.

Costs at other local clinics range from $150 to $185 per dose, but many major insurance providers are picking up the cost.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, United Healthcare, AETNA, CIGNA and Healthnet are covering Gardasil for their clients.

Sept. 11 memorials offer remembrance, reflection

About 100 students gathered Monday on the Student Services Lawn to honor the 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The 20-minute ceremony took place at ASU's rose garden, which was dedicated in March 2002 to commemorate Sept. 11 victims.

Devils winning the turnover battle

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Junior Chris Baloney picks himself up after making an interception during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Nevada.
A key factor in the turnaround of the ASU football team's defense this season has been the number of turnovers created by the Sun Devils.

After two games, the defense has a total of five turnovers caused - four interceptions and one fumble recovery.

For the season, ASU is plus one in the turnover margin as the offense has turned the ball over four times.

"The No. 1 most important stat in football is turnover margin," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We are on the plus side, which is good."

Junior cornerback Chris Baloney leads the team with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown against NAU in ASU's season opener Aug. 31.

"Chris has good ball skills," Koetter said. "The interception against NAU he really made a play. The pick against Nevada the ball bounced right to him. Plenty of defensive backs wouldn't make that catch. Even in the NFL you see the ball bounce right in front of them and they don't make the catch."

Devils to host game at Chase Field

The ASU women's basketball team will host a scheduled opponent under the night sky this year at Chase Field, head coach Charli Turner Thorne said Monday.

For only the second time in school history, the Sun Devils will play one of their home games at the field that's also home to Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

On the Cover: Standing Room Only

On a muggy Thursday evening in late August, Phoenix's Modified Arts is packed to the brim with sweaty attendees waiting to see Phoenix band Reubens Accomplice take the stage.

Two nights later, a long line of people stretches down Jackson Street in Phoenix, waiting to enter the Brickhouse Theater to see a show that features local acts The Stiletto Formal and DeSole.

Both crowds are here to see shows that feature both local and national acts.

While national magazines like Rolling Stone and Billboard have reported decreases in live music performance sales in the last few years, many Phoenix and Tempe venues are not experiencing a problem.

Local venue owners, ranging from the huge, superstar stadiums to the smaller clubs and music halls, claim that attendance is high, but there continues to be news of a national slump.
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